Research question -
“What are the quantifiable effects and advantages of therapeutic live music performance on the welfare of those in care?”
Venue – Leuchie House 29th Jan
About the concert: Leuchie house staffs are true professionals. They are just excellent at setting the atmosphere. You walk in and they are upbeat, the room has the log fire on the go, the lights are down and this in turn has an effect on the clients. It’s the perfect setting
Verbal content and clarity: This has always been a great concert as the clients are ready to talk to you, they show their appreciation, they are relaxed and they connect and engage with the music like no other place I have ever been too.
Eye Contact & Facial Expressions: I was in the position where I have played here oso often that I have been taking requests to learn others songs for them. The effect this has is that I need to use my words a little more so I don’t have full contact with the audience. However Im not 100% sure if it really is taking anything away from the performance in this setting. Im am sure if I was able to learn the songs quicker then the smiling and the eye contact would helpenhance the patient experience with the music.
Body Posture & Movement: A lot of the clients are wheel chair bound and there for don’t dance however they really show their appreciation with the songs through telling you at the end or clapping.
On-going evaluation: Setting the atmosphere is definitely a big help in setting the experience, along side the setting expectation, speaking about the songs, sharing stories and taking requests.
This has all really helped the bounding, the engagement and the experience with the music. Using the PA in these settings helps make it spacey with the use of reverb especially in the big room.
The more and more I play Leuchie house the more I learn about the people and how they have great experiences to share and how they love to talk. One lady proceeded to tell a story to the group after I had played an Elvis song, the story was about how she sang that song when she was little to the whole class and how nervous she was but how the fellow student loved it and she became popular. This is just an example of how music unlocks memories and brings back the feeling of joy before this woman got ill.